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Jim Tavegia
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Daughter Finds Used Vinyl

My daughter, Erin, comes down for a visit from CT and brings over 150 used albums. Unfortunately she found them vinyl against vinyl out of their cardboard jackets, most ruined.

I did manager to salvage a few treasures like:
Bernstein plays Brubeck plays Bernstein from 1959 that sounds pretty decent but slighly warped.

Jonah Jones Quartet

Mine is a 1961 mono version that is still pretty nice. I loved the liner note:
THIS MONOPHONIC MICROGROOVE RECORDING IS PLAYABLE ON MONOPHONIC AND STEREO PHONOGRAPHS. IT CANNOT BECOME OBSOLETE! IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SOURCE OF OUTSTANDING SOUND REPORDUCTION, PROVIDING THE FINEST MONOPHONIC PERFORMANCE FROM ANY PHONOGRAPH.

I think they mean if the owner would take reasonable care and PUT IT BACK IN THE RECORD SLEEVE! I love: It cannot become obsolete. See, Michael Fremmer was and is right!!!!!

I also kept, but in marginal condition some Neil Young: Evrybody Knows This Is Nowhere; and After The Gold Rush. It will take some major work to get much of the Rice Krispies out of these, but I am going to try.

Also found "The further Adventures Of El Chico on Impulse (mono). Fold out jacket with some great info. This is in good condition. Featuring Gabor Szabo, Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Charlie Mariano, and Jerome Rishardson. Recorded in 1966 by Rudy Van Gelder.
Chico Hamilton

If my daughter's in-laws had just put these records back in their jackets there were some great finds here. Most were just ruined.

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Re: Daughter Finds Used Vinyl

Given the way they treated tieir records, I trust that if there are grandchildren, your daughter will keep her husband's parents under close scrutiny when the children are around them.

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Re: Daughter Finds Used Vinyl

If you saw their house you would freak, but I try not to get into that too much. Yes, Erin is careful.

The sad part is for us vinyl lovers there are literally millions of records out there, in attics, closets, garages even, being totally ignored, abandoned as it were...looking for a new home we would gladly provide. I would like to think well cared for, but sadly not I am afraid.

These albums Erin brought me were easily nearly a $grand worth of music totally wasted. She also brought another 200+ 45rpm records with no sleeves, treated the same way. None salvagable.

My son-in-law did find about 50-100 more lps that were still in the jackets that Erin will bring back down when she comes for our youngest son's wedding in July. One can only hope there are some in decent shape.

I guess I must admit it is hard to scratch up a download!

Happily, my mother-in-law gave me her old turntable she said was broken and that MAYBE I could fix. She was off to France for a month.

I had forgotten I had given her and my father-in-law a Marantz 6100 TT over 30 years ago with a Grado FC1+ cart still mounted.

The table was near mint and only needed a new drive belt and I had an old Shure M91E in a drawer. The belt came in a week. I scraped the old dry-rotted belt off, cleaned the inner rim with SOS and we are off spinning old vinyl like mad.

One nice feature of this table is that it is auto shut off. The S shaped arm is the typical high mass unit that does not handle warped records well, but with new grease on the spindle maybe another 30 years is in its future.

A novelty of this table is that the string anti-skate is on the outside of the arm rather than running off the tail of the tonearm and in toward the platter.

The care of this table is in sharp contrast to the way the lps were treated. Life goes on.

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